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Old 05-04-2008, 10:28 PM
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How To Improve Background

I want to get rid of all the clutter behind my gramma in this photo. PLease send me tips and ideas on how I can acheive this. She has passed away and I want to preserve this last photo taken of her.

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Old 05-04-2008, 11:00 PM
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Re: How To Improve Background

TTKelvin, welcome to RP!
The blue channel has good contrast. There are many ways to remove the background easily on this picture:

Quick Select Tool
Extract Filter
Background eraser
Channel Mask

I used the Quick Select tool in Photoshop CS3 to do the selection below in less than 2 minutes. Your image is quite pixelated. You should be able to get a crystal clear extraction with a high quality scan.

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Old 05-05-2008, 12:24 AM
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Re: How To Improve Background

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I want to get rid of all the clutter behind my gramma in this photo. PLease send me tips and ideas on how I can acheive this.http://www.retouchpro.com/gallery/sh...o=5392&cat=500
Thanks.
Tip.. blur background and darken it some and extra darkening on the highlights.. clone out the box..

Idea..try to get rid of the glare on the glasses and eyes

How?.. Masking, clonning, painting, Using Photoshop or compatible program
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:35 PM
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Re: How To Improve Background

My condolences, ttkelvin...

it's difficult to get this picture to look real if you attempt to put her on a new background...maybe if you experiment with shooting a new background image with less clutter, same angle and lighting...then you could work this...just my ideas....
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:05 PM
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Re: How To Improve Background

Just feeling goofy...
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:08 PM
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Re: How To Improve Background

How about a vignette and just eliminate the background. Something like this...
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Old 05-26-2008, 06:09 AM
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Re: How To Improve Background

What I have been doing recently.

I really like CS3's quick selection tool so instead of using the extraction tool to replace a background, I copy the layer and then select the area of interest and apply a layer mask. So nothing is lost during the extraction and you can paint the mask to make various adjustments.
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Old 05-26-2008, 07:37 AM
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Re: How To Improve Background

Quick selection tool, magic wand, extraction tool, lasso tool, channels...or just a mask. Don't know what you want to do with her once you extract....but since she is sitting down and in a difficult pose...you'd have to have the right background to place her back into. I'd have to agree with the others that recommended blur the background or do a vingette. Good luck.
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:03 PM
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Re: How To Improve Background

to make it more natural.. you can darken the background or have it blurred. . tracing grandma out from the photo will do..just be sure that the sides of the traced photo is not too edgy. .
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Old 05-26-2008, 08:28 PM
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Re: How To Improve Background

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How about a vignette and just eliminate the background. Something like this...
I think that's an excellent idea.

Maureen
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